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In a room full of dignitaries and Canadian-born celebrities (no, Drake was not present), all eyes managed to be on two of the youngest guests attending the Trudeau State Dinner last night at the White House.
The dinner, which honored Canada’s newest prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was Malia and Sasha Obama’s very first state dinner and black-tie gala. Malia, 17, and Sasha, 14, were sandwiched between celebrities like Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh and actress Blake Lively, who is married to actor Ryan Reynolds. Oh and Reynolds are both from Canada.
Trudeau, 44, who is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, made mention of both young ladies during his speech at the dinner. He recounted his own experience as the child of a world leader who grew up in the spotlight, as his father was in office from the time he was born up until he was 8.
“The memories for me of being a kid and not being old enough to attend these kinds of events with my father almost makes me wish I had gone through my teenage years as a child of a world leader—but not quite,” Trudeau joked.
He continued, “I admire you very much, both of you, for your extraordinary strength and your grace, through what is a remarkable childhood and young adulthood that will give you extraordinary strength and wisdom beyond your years for the rest of your life. The one thing that you have received from your extraordinary parents is the tools to be able to handle the challenges and the opportunities in front of you. So thank you very much for joining us tonight.”
And President Obama, who has spoken extensively over the last few years about the excitement, and sometimes sadness, of watching his little girls grow up, acknowledged the teens once again when it was time for him to take his place at the podium and speak. They’re far from the 7 and 10-year-old children they were back when President Obama took office in 2008.
“They grow up too fast,” he said. “This fall, Malia heads off to college. And I’m starting to choke up.”
And, as previously reported, once Malia heads to school, the Obama family will stay in D.C. for a couple of years, as opposed to returning to Chicago, so that Sasha can finish her studies at the private school Sidwell Friends.
Check out images of the First Family during last night’s dinner, with all of the Obama women looking like a million bucks. Oh, and, of course, President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau didn’t look too shabby either (Michelle and Sophie both wore Jason Wu, who was raised in Vancouver by the way, and Malia and Sasha wore Naeem Khan).
Don’t let Stacey Dash fool you, Black History Month is vitally important. In a country that seeks to downgrade, disregard or outright ignore our accomplishments and our beauty, we need a month (and then some) to acknowledge the brilliance of Black people. And for one reason or another, it seemed like this year the celebration was unavoidable. Check out the moments that made this year’s Black History Month one of the record books.
Being able to not compromise your style for comfort is key these days. Seriously, who wants to strut around in sky high heels, grimacing every step and reassuring yourself you’ve only got a few more steps until you reach your destination. Not I!
As a New York transplant, I have come to loathe heels. At one point in time I had only a few pair of sneakers, but now the low-maintenance kicks have become a way of life. From work to parties and everything in between, you’ll always find me a in clean pair of sneakers. Of course, when it comes to rocking them in certain settings, you’ve got to make sure that your ensemble is fly and put together right, but I’ve never seen people wearing sneakers as a problem.
Interestingly, model Cara Delevingne took a trip to the White House to join a Funny or Die-sponsored roundtable regarding climate change. Like most that pay the historic 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue address a visit, she snapped a few selfies and photos for Instagram. In one photo she showed off her modest ensemble: black trench coat and skirt paired with Rihanna’s popular Puma Creepers in the black and white colorway.
Apparently, there were a number of people not amused with Delevingne’s cheeky photos nor her choice of footwear.
“That’s athletic footwear treading the marble of the inner chambers of global power,” the Washington Post’s Emily Heil wrote. “The rest of her ensemble — a black trench coat and skirt — would have looked at home in a boardroom. But the kicks read more casual.”
“I am a big believer that you should respect the setting you are in,” former government-affairs exec-turned fashion blogger Marissa Mitrovich told the Washington Post. “And when you are at the White House for a business meeting, I say you do not wear sneakers.”
What do you think? Are sneakers at the White House a no-go?
Tuesday (Jan. 12), was a big night for hip-hop, the White House, and rapper Wale, as the D.C. native made history has the first rapper to open a State of the Union address.
After a warm introduction from Terrence J, Wale took the stage and rocked the crowd at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with an array of his hits including the 2009 Lady Gaga-assisted “Chillin,” The White Shoes, and “LoveHate Thing,” a personal favorite amongst many, including Obama himself who requested he add that to his set list.
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“The leader of the free world having a rapper in the White House. God bless him. Hip-hop forever,” Wale said, both humbled and thrilled at the opportunity.
However, this wasn’t his first invitation to the White House, as Wale also teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama in support of her “Reach Higher” initiative with a special performance and speaking to students about higher education and career services. During his historic set, he also revealed that his fifth studio album is titled Shine and will be released this year.
Press play and watch how the historic moment unfolded.
The White House has announced new measures that will bring solar energy, one of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy, to low-income and middle-income communities, including to those who rent.
One piece of the initiative is the “community solar” project which will use one solar facility to provide a number of homes with power. “It also includes a pledge to install a total of 300 megawatts of solar and other renewables in federally subsidized housing developments by the year 2020 (each megawatt represents roughly enough solar to power 164 homes),” reports The Washington Post.
Heretofore, solar energy has been something that companies and the affluent have been able to take advantage of. Even with the prices coming down, low-income Americans haven’t had the resources to reap the benefits of solar energy (which include lower energy bills). And those who rent can’t install solar panels even if they wanted to because they don’t own the building.
With this, the use of solar energy can spread. This will help the US to live up to the promise President Obama made in Brazil recently: Americans will triple the amount of solar energy it uses by 2020. There will also be $520 million in financial investment from various sources, including the private sector and charities. A National Community Solar Partnership made up of reps from the Department of Energy, state agencies and private companies is being established. And the White House would like to train 75,000 solar workers for this growing industry, which means jobs.
Solar power is on the rise. How high on your list of topics of importance is renewable energy?
Excellent piece on Beau Biden, including tributes from his dad and from the president: http://t.co/6bcGboKvJE
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 31, 2015
The White House has launched a memorial page for Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, following the news of his death this Saturday. He was 46 years old and had been battling brain cancer for two years.
Beau Biden was twice elected the attorney general of the state of Delaware and had been planning to run for governor of the state. Prior to that, he was an Iraq War veteran. He’s also known for a speech given at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
Beau Biden survived a car crash in 1972 that killed his mother (VP Biden’s first wife Neilia) and his year-old sister Naomi. He was two years old at the time. He’s had health problems in addition to the brain tumor for the last few years.
In a lovely statement, President Obama praised the strength and integrity of the Biden family, adding:
“I have believed the best of every man,” wrote the poet William Butler Yeats, “And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”
Beau Biden believed the best of us all. For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.
“His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.
In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”
The page is a place for visitors to offer their thoughts, condolences and well wishes to the Biden family. There has been an outpouring of condolences already from friends, family and admirers.
Six years in office and some Americans are still seriously troubled by the fact that our President is a Black man. It was recently discovered that if the search terms “n*gga house” or “n*gger house” are typed into Google Maps, Internet users will be directed to the White House.
It is not clear whether a hacker or an angry Google employee is responsible for the listing, but a spokesperson for the technology company says that they’re aware of the offensive listing.
“We apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly,” a rep told TMZ yesterday.
As of this morning, the search term was still directing users to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This, of course, isn’t the only inappropriate search term that leads to the White House. As one social media user pointed out, searching “cracka house” will also lead you to the White House as well as the government office of Congressman Mike Coffman.
Bryan Seely, who has created fake Google Maps listings for the Secret Service and the FBI, explained to Search Engineland last month how hackers are able to execute these pranks.
“You create a business in Google Maps at an address where you can receive mail and with a phone number you can receive calls to,” Seely explained. “You get Google to send you a verification postcard to the address. Once the business is verified, you delete it from your account. Then you use another Google account to claim this now orphaned business. You gain control over it by doing verification via phone. Once that’s happened, you’re free to move the business to anywhere you want, change the name and alter other details.”
After all of that, I have to ask who really has the time to go through all of that just to create a fake listing.
Bet I’d Be Invited If I Were Married To Jay Z: Stars Upset That They Haven’t Been Invited To The White House
Apparently Madonna has yet to receive an invitation to meet President Obama at the White House and she seems pretty upset about it. Well, she’s not the only one. These celebrities say they haven’t been invited to the White House either and they’re starting to take it personally.
The wage gap issue is here to once again rear its ugly head at the White House. Back in April, the administration came under fire for all of its talk about closing the wage gap when a gap existed right in its own ranks.
Last week, the issue was back, with the Washington Post reported that male White House staffers were paid 13 percent more than their female counterparts. On average, men took home $88,600 while women pocketed $78,400. The gap is partially attributed to the fact that more men are seated at the upper echelon of the White House strata.
Josh Earnest, the new White House press secretary, says that, upon closer inspection, you’ll see that women hold a number of senior positions and their pay is commensurate with their rank. Also, the White House pointed out that six women were promoted in the past year.
The newspaper points out that when you look at women at every salary level however, it shows that there’s a discrepancy.
“A key sentence from Goldfarb’s analysis is this: Currently, there are 87 male White House officials who make more than $100,000, compared to 53 female White House officials. The gap narrows, but persists, at the highest echelons of the White House. Among the most senior officials, there are two more men than women,” WaPo says.
Target Point, a conservative think tank, went even further with its criticism, saying that promoted women received — on average — an 18.5 percent salary increase. Promoted men, on the other hand, were given a 24.4 percent raise, Business Insider reports. Women are more likely to get smaller raises. Also, between 2013 and 2014, 46 men advanced to a better-paying position while 41 women were given the same opportunity (which, if you ask me, isn’t a significant difference).
But Alex Lundry, SVP and chief data scientist at Target Point calls “[t]he White House’s hypocrisy on this issue… stunning.”
Press Secretary Earnest expressed his views on the matter: “I wouldn’t hold up the White House as the perfect example here. We still have more work to do at the White House.”
In defense of Obama, though, Earnest added that the White House pay gap is slightly narrower than the national average: “The White House performs significantly better than the private sector.”
On average, women make only 77 cents for every man’s dollar, according to The New York Times. At the White House, that figure is increased to 88 cents for every man’s dollar.
We reported a few weeks ago that First Daughter Malia Obama was interning on the set of Halle Berry’s new movie Extant and since she’s been spending so much time in L.A., it’s not all too surprising the the paparazzi is on the prowl.
Monday night Malia and a few of her friends were spotted at Gjelina, famous restaurant in Venice, California. It’s often frequented by celebrities so the paparazzi were on site, snapping pictures of the 16 year old. A photographer captured a picture of Malia as she walked out of the restaurant and he sold the image to AKM-GSI for them to distribute to other sites. The agency posted the picture on their website for other media outlets to purchase. But within a few hours the First Lady’s office called AKM-GSI and asked them to please remove the photo.
According to TMZ, Mrs. Obama’s staff told the agency that they’d secured promises from several media outlets not to photograph either Sasha or Malia when they weren’t with their father, President Obama.
AKM-GSI agreed and then sent an e-mail to other media outlets issuing a “URGENT SET KILL NOTICE.”
It read: “Please delete the set of Malia Obama from your archive. The set was sent around earlier today. We cannot distribute this set.”
When TMZ posted the story, they asked if this was a case of Mrs. Obama and the White House abusing their power when Malia made a decision to one intern in L.A. and then go to a very popular restaurant. There’s a poll and a majority of the people believe it’s an abuse. But if you ask me, this is just what parents do. Parents are supposed to do everything in their power to protect their children. And as it stands now, the more power you have the better you’re able to protect your children. That’s the way of the world. Plus, if the Obamas were really to abuse their power, I can imagine a few things far worse than asking a photo agency to delete a photo of their teenage daughter.
What do you think, were the Obamas wrong to flex this much muscle or is this just yet another example of people being mad at everything the first family does, whether it’s right or wrong?